How an Associate Degree Helps You Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Students have many questions when deciding to earn a college degree. Do they need a two-year or a four-year degree? How much is this going to cost? How long will it take? One very important consideration is the transferability of a degree earned from one college to another.

Enroll as a Junior

Colorado students can select from 30 statewide transfer degrees, also known as Degrees with Designation or DwDs. These DwDs guarantee that a student can graduate from a community college with a 60-credit hour Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and transfer to a participating university and enroll with junior status. The student then needs to complete 60 additional credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Save Time, Money

The value of a DwD, then, is that it is the quickest way to an associate degree  AND a bachelor’s degree. With no detours to 120 credits, you save time and money.

Wide Selection of Transfer Degrees

At FRCC, students can select a DwD in these degree fields:

Maybe your interest lies in another degree area. The Colorado Department of Higher Education lists all the DwDs. You will see that FRCC offers 26 of the 30 DwDs.

Work with an Advisor

It is important that the student visit with an academic advisor before enrolling. The DwDs are very specific, and students should enroll only in the identified coursework. Although your advisor will guide you, it’s also a good idea to take control of your education by reading the transfer agreement of the DwD that interests you so you know that you and your targeted transfer institution are on the same page.

At FRCC, our students are our priority. Let us help you earn that transfer degree!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandy Veltri is vice president for Student and Academic Services at Front Range Community College.